Sunday, May 6, 2012

I've Got the Blues!





I've got the blues....in the garden!
But these blues make me HAPPY not sad!






The first flowers that bloom in my garden are blue!
I think I appreciate these beauties more because they are the first!!!








Here is the lamium...it is cropping up everywhere...


I love this shade loving perennial plant.  There are lots of varieties with different variations of leaves and flowers.







I even put some in the spring planters so they don't look so "naked" while I wait to get the annuals in!






The root structure is crazy wild....sometimes I just pull it up out of the rocks and put it in the ground somewhere else!!!



Once you get this plant established in your yard...it is almost like a weed!

But it is an awfully pretty shade loving weed!













These little Forget-Me-Nots have a fun history....the original plants were from seeds the Sweetwater Daughter and her Grandma brought me back from a trip they took to Alaska over 15 years ago.  I keep transplanting and letting the little volunteers grow.
These popped up in the rocks in the front walk...and I didn't have the heart to "weed" them!

If you plant Forget-me-nots from seed....the trick is to put them in the freezer for a couple of days before you plant them!



When the Brunnera blooms...it is a bright spot in the garden....and would you believe that the deer don't like it?

It transplants well...and I move it all over because I love to see it in bloom and the plant is nice and sturdy all season long (if you dead head it)

It does well in the almost full shade...there is a bit of sun for it in the morning.






 

Soon the Mountain Centaurius plants will bloom....but alas only if we spray them with deer repellent because they are a favorite for our local herd!

I think this plant likes full sun....but it handles the spots in the partial shade all right!

I just don't have much in the way of full sun...so I try things in the partial shaded areas and see what happens...



I see quite a few biennial Columbine plants in odd little spots....in a couple weeks they will add more blue!







In early spring, I can never bring myself to weed out the wild violets

or

the Johnny Jump Ups









When summer comes...I am not so kind...I rip those babies out by the bucket full....but now they are bright spots in an otherwise green garden!







So for the moment....until the big show of Peonies, Poppies and Iris starts....
I am Lovin' These little Blues!



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